Yamaha is looking to corner the market for small-displacement performance dual-sport motorcycles. We test rode Yamaha’s two new motorcycles in the high deserts of So Cal. Check out our 2008 Yamaha WR250X First Ride
- We think that for riders who are getting back into motorcycling these bikes will be fun, economical and practical, and the X is a particularly good way to get into the casual supermoto scene.
- Handling on the 250X is light and nimble, despite its claimed weight.
- The real highlight for us was the oversized front brake.
- Those new to supermoto will appreciate how the WR250X makes a rider focus on technique in order to go fast.
- All things considered equal, the 250R will do more off-road and manage street duty better than the X will master dirt.
- A high/low beam halogen headlight also increases the safety factor.
- The seats and rider layout are comfortable on both machines for lengthy stints on your rear and the standing position is agreeable as well.
- Cruising through town on a commute or jogging outside city boundaries for a weekend escape won't tax the small motor like we did at Grange.
- Because the bike doesn't have a monster motor, riders are able to focus on other aspects of riding supermoto like corner speed, body positioning, line selection and braking.
- Clamping down on the oversized front brake gave excellent stopping power and we were still braking deeper into the corners by the time our day was finished.
- Spring rates are identical to the R front and rear in the suspension department, and steering geometry is slightly sharper with the X as a result of the smaller wheels.
- Top speed isn't the 250X's forte, but that's part of what makes it so fun on a track.